Ask students, faculty, and staff
what distinguishes Grinnell and you will hear their
agreement that Grinnell fosters a strong sense of
community. At Grinnell, individuals are respected
for who they are and what they believe, and differences
can be expressed and appreciated. Grinnell is a place
where great ideas and global issues are considered
and debated. Faculty encourages debate over significant
issues in the classroom and beyond. Students leave
Grinnell believing that they can and should make a
difference in their careers and communities.
Grinnell is informed by a pioneering
spirit, a willingness to experiment, and a commitment
to community. Grinnell seeks and produces good students
who take an active part in the campus community and
later in the world. The college has traditionally
been a community with a conscience. Grinnell's pioneering
past began in 1846, when New Englanders with strong
social-reformer backgrounds established the college.
Influenced by Grinnell's educational and social idealism,
the College blends academic accomplishments with service
to the world. In 1959, Grinnell established the Travel
Service Scholarship, which provided funds to send
graduating seniors to developing countries for a year
to assist with language instruction, village work
projects, or other special needs.
Grinnell continues to link educational
goals with society's realities. The College believes
that the most valued workers will analyze problems
quantitatively and articulate solutions effectively
within the context of the broader world. Grinnell
graduates not only join business and the professions,
but they also can be found in large numbers in the
Peace Corps, political campaigns, public official
staffs, environmental coalitions and education. The
social consciousness developed at Grinnell becomes
a life-long commitment.
To introduce students to differing
voices and ideas, Grinnell brings to campus many ?prominent
thinkers. Lecturers have included: Ambassador George
E. Moose 66, former Assistant Secretary of State for
African Affairs; former President of Costa Rica Oscar
Arias and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Symposia have focused on such topics as "Culture,
Politics and Change in Contemporary Cuba," "The
Palestinian-Israeli Conflict in Perspective,"
"Women, Politics and Leadership for the 21st
Century," and "Water: Conflicts and Trade-offs."
Student activities and organizations
include the Environmental Action Group, Students in
Defense of Animals, and Amnesty International. Also
on campus are Stonewall Coalition; Concerned Black
Students; International Student Organization; Habitat
for Humanity; Native American Alliance; Asian Students
Alliance; Student Organization of Latino/as; Chalutzim;
Social Justice Action Group; Society for Creative
Anachronism and many more.
Outdoor activities are organized
by the Grinnell Outdoor Recreation Program. Students
decide on the group's activities: cross country skiing,
backpacking, sailing, caving, whitewater canoeing
and others. GORP provides free training workshops
Global Development Studies
East Asian Studies
Latin American Studies